In 2014, Johnson & Johnson was honored to become the Official Healthcare Partner of the United Service Organizations (USO). For more than 70 years, the USO’s mission has been to lift the spirits of America’s troops and military families through a range of programs that are delivered at more than 160 locations worldwide. That mission made the USO an ideal partner for Johnson & Johnson because of our own long-standing commitment to the health and wellness of our U.S. servicemen and women and their families.
By supporting USO locations like the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda, located on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, our USO partnership allows us to care for our servicemen and women, and their families. The center serves as a getaway from hospital life for troops being treated at Walter Reed, and their loved ones. It’s also a critical part of the recovery process by promoting physical health and recreation, family strengthening, positive behavioral health, education, employment, and community reintegration.
“This unique facility is enabling our troops to rehabilitate while surrounded by their loved ones,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. “The direct support our heroes receive here will have a very positive impact on their recovery and the health of the entire family long-term.”
Johnson & Johnson has also sponsored other USO programs and initiatives that support active-duty troops and their military families including What to Expect: Special Delivery, a series of group baby showers for new military moms and moms-to-be who are away from their family and friends; Caregiver Seminars, day-long events for caregivers to learn, share, and talk about their experience as a caregiver of a wounded, ill, or injured service member, and learn how to take care of themselves in the process; Mobile USO at Ride2Recovery bike races to support wounded, ill or injured troops, that help them build hope and confidence in a brighter future, assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation process; and Tiny Tots, a program that provides a few basic items after the birth of a new baby to help service members and new moms feel a sense of relief and connection.